UNG Quality Enhancement Plan: On Time & On Target
Academic advising is changing at UNG!
Under the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), students will receive mandatory advising up to 45 credit hours by professional advisors who specialize in their majors. After 45 credit hours, a faculty member from the student’s major program will become the primary advisor.
The faculty member will also serve as a mentor who exposes the student to learning opportunities, such as internships and research possibilities, designed to enhance the educational experience. Together, professional advising and faculty mentoring will support students in making the most out of their college careers.
Implementation of the QEP began spring 2016 with new students in the following majors on the Dahlonega Campus: Biology, Pre-Nursing, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and General Studies (undeclared) students. On the Gainesville and Oconee campuses, Pre-Nursing and General Studies – Health were phased in. For 2017, Dahlonega will phase in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, History, International Affairs, Political Science, Kinesiology, Sports Medicine, and Exercise Science. Gainesville will phase in Communications, Media Studies, Journalism, Biology, Engineering, Psychology, Computer Science, and General Studies (undeclared). Oconee will phase in Biology and General Studies (undeclared), and the Cumming Campus will phase in General Studies (undeclared).
What is a Quality Enhancement Plan?
A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is part of the requirements for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
It describes a course of action for enhancing educational quality that focuses on student learning and/or the environment supporting student learning. The institution must ensure that it has the capacity to implement and sustain the QEP, that a broad base of stakeholders was involved in the process, and that the QEP identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievements.
What is UNG's Quality Enhancement Plan?
UNG's QEP uses intentional advising and faculty mentoring to develop students' confidence in their ability to achieve their educational goals and to support student responsibility in accomplishing those educational goals. More specifically, the QEP will implement a blended advising model in which professional and faculty advisors collaborate to strengthen retention and progression. Furthermore, the QEP will improve advising at UNG by adding additional professional advisors, requiring mandatory advisement, instituting advising tools such as program of study sheets and degree sequence maps, and establishing Maximize Your Major sessions presented by faculty and professional advisors at new student orientations.
The UNG QEP Will Support Students in Achieving the Following Goals:
- Defining academic goals and taking personal responsibility for developing educational plans.
- Utilizing appropriate campus resources to support educational goals.
- Engaging in appropriate learning experiences to achieve educational goals.
To Accomplish The Goals stated above, the QEP Promotes the Following Student Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate knowledge of UNG core curriculum and major requirements.
- Demonstrate knowledge of impact to time to graduation and cost as a result of multiple major changes, changes to plan of study, and course withdrawal.
- Demonstrate knowledge of advisor/advisee responsibilities.
- Articulate how personal interests, strengths, and weaknesses relate to the student's major and career choice.
- Identify and use institutional, academic, and program resources to support/advance educational goals.
- Utilize career/educational opportunities related to major/pathway of interest.